​Garbage piles up, poses serious threat in Hanoi

Garbage piles up on the road and at the entrance of a sewer along Doi Can Street in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Several locations in Hanoi have become unofficial landfills

The amount of garbage in Hanoi has been rising at an alarming rate, evidenced by large piles of rubbish in multiple neighborhoods.

As observed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, various locations across the Vietnamese capital have become overloaded with trash, upsetting local residents and negatively affecting the urban aesthetics, while posing a serious environmental threat.

The municipal People’s Council convened a meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss solutions to the treatment of the amount of solid waste in the northern hub.

A heap of rubbish occupies a 2.5 meter wide sidewalk on Doi Can Street.
A heap of rubbish occupies a 2.5 meter wide sidewalk on Doi Can Street.

Conversations focused on the issue of overloaded local gathering spots, and suitable measures for solid waste treatment.

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Bich, deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and chairwoman of the People’s Council said that there were still many problems regarding the treatment of solid and medical waste and related pollution in the city, and thus urgent measures were necessary.

A pile of household garbage and construction waste is seen along a promenade.
A pile of household garbage and construction waste is seen along a promenade.
Many residents have expressed their concern over pollution cause by a haul of rubbish that has not been solved in nearly six months.
Many residents have expressed their concern over pollution cause by a haul of rubbish that has not been solved in nearly six months.
Countless bags of trash fills the sidewalk and roadway on Truong Chinh Street.
Countless bags of trash fills the sidewalk and roadway on Truong Chinh Street.
Rubbish of many kinds has been stacking up over a long time.
Rubbish of many kinds has been stacking up over a long time.
A ‘mountain’ of construction material waste lies alongside a street.
A ‘mountain’ of construction material waste lies alongside a street.
This pile of garbage is located at the border of Dong Da and Thanh Xuan Districts, which has not been properly resolved.
This pile of garbage is located at the border of Dong Da and Thanh Xuan Districts, which has not been properly resolved.
The ‘mountain’ has become higher after residents dumped their trash against regulations.
The ‘mountain’ has become higher after residents dumped their trash against regulations.
A five meter high stack of rubbish poses a serious environmental threat in an alley on Bui Xuong Trach Street.
A five meter high stack of rubbish poses a serious environmental threat in an alley on Bui Xuong Trach Street.
This land slot was previously zoned for agricultural activity.
This land slot was previously zoned for agricultural activity.
Trash has stacked up over the past months on the sidewalk of Nguyen Xien Street in Hoang Mai District.
Trash has stacked up over the past months on the sidewalk of Nguyen Xien Street in Hoang Mai District.
Several used chemical bottles are seen along with other types of garbage.
Several used chemical bottles are seen along with other types of garbage.
Pedestrians find it difficult to walk on this section of the promenade.
Pedestrians find it difficult to walk on this section of the promenade.

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